38. Rudy (1993)
This film — perhaps more than any other — epitomizes what hard work can do. Based upon real-life Notre Dame football player Rudy Ruettiger, this film is a journey of tremendous perseverance. Played by Sean Astin, the gutsy underdog is steadfast in competing for the vaunted Notre Dame football team despite his less-than-ideal size. For any athlete dreaming of achieving a lifelong dream, this movie is wonderfully inspirational.
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